History… Who Came Up With the Name Yankee?

Butterfly BLUE VIOLET Front CoverI’m write Civil War era historical romance so I got a kick out of someone in my writer’s forum referring to Americans as “Yanks.” During the War Between the States, the Yankees were the Northerners who opposed the Southerners for breaking away from the Union, which was the United States of America. It likely derives from the Dutch pronunciation of the name Jan (John). The American Indians started it, before the Civil War. It became a nickname for a native of New England and eventually for someone from the northern part of the United States. My mother’s people are from the North, my father’s from the South. What does that make me? Yanked around? Half-Yank? 😉


Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:

Book One, Black Pansy: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Pansy-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484900278

Book Two, Blue Violet: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018ZWX0R4


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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